This Sunday Northfield residents will once again have a chance to participate in CROP walk. This is a community based ecumenical event raising funds to help address needs for housing, medical care and hunger. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised stay in Northfield and seventy-five percent are used globally by Church World Services.

Two things are special for CROP walk this year. The first is that a significant portion of funds raised will go to assist victims of hurricane Katrina. There is a huge need for support in the southern part of the United States where Katrina caused so much damage. The second aspect of CROP walk this year is that the majority of the local CROP allocation will be used to support Health Finders Collaborative. Health Finders provides medical services to low-income and needs residents of Rice County and is currently operating in Little Prairie Methodist Church in rural Dundas.

The Northfield CRPO walk has set a goal of raising $30,000 this year. Many area businesses such as College City Beverage, Holden Farms, First National Bank, as well as Northfield Construction Company, have donated funds to CROP walk. Many area churches as well as college organizations have also supported CROP walk. The City of Northfield has officially proclaimed September 25th as CROP Walk Day and has also given financial support.

If you want to participate in this fun event and help raise funds for important human services, meet at 1:00PM at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Sumner Street this Sunday. CROP walk is for people of all ages and donations of all sizes are welcome.